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How to Cite "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"


"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" is a very influential book, as it was one of the first first-person narratives written by a female slave. "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published in 1861 and was written by Harriet Jacobs. Jacobs was a slave who lived in North Carolina; the book discusses her many trials and tribulations as she tried to reunite with her family and escape her abusive life as a slave. American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) are the two most common citation formats.

APA Citation

Type the last name of the author of the book, a comma, the first initial of the first name and a period.

Type the year your copy of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published in parentheses followed by a period.

Type the title of the book in italics, only capitalizing the first word, followed by a period.

Type the city where your copy was published, a comma, the capitalized abbreviation for the state where the book was published, a colon, the name of the publishing company and a period.

The entire citation should look like this: Jacobs, H. (2005). Incidents in the life of a slave girl. Stilwell, KS: Digireads.com.

MLA Citation

Type the last name of the author of the book, a comma, the first name of the author and a period.

Type the title of the book in italics, only capitalizing the most important words, followed by a period.

Type the edition number (for example, 3rd ed.), a period, the city where your copy was published, a comma, the capitalized abbreviation for the state where the book was published and a colon.

Type the name of the publishing company, a comma, the year your copy of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published, a period, the number of pages in the book, a period, the word "Print" for a hard-copy of the book and a period.

The entire citation should look like this: Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. 3rd ed. Stilwell, KS: Digiread.com, 2005. 121. Print.

About the Author

Amy Ess has been writing both academically and professionally since 2002. She has served as the head grant writer for a nonprofit organization and received her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Central Florida. Ess is currently studying for her master's degree in nonprofit management—also from The University of Central Florida.

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